Stories by Roger Gann

Take it to the bridge

One of Windows XP's unsung features is its ability to act as a bridge, allowing otherwise unconnectable networks to talk to each other.

Backup and imaging: Acronis True Image 8.0

There's lots of backup and imaging utilities out there, but few are as easy to use as this one. Not only can you clone a complete drive, but restoring the mirror image of your data is a piece of cake.

Networking: Carry on streaming

All network and no "net play" would make anybody fairly dull. So put any extra LAN bandwidth to good use and share some quality time with your colleagues.

Easy-does-it database: Alpha Software Alpha Five 6

The latest Alpha Five software adds enhanced scripting functions and a set of tools to simplify the writing of Web-based front-ends for your databases. Coding knowledge isn't required - you simply pick your preferences and Alpha Five does the rest. A...

PDF conversion utility

Hard on the heels on ScanSoft PDF Convertor 2.0 comes a rival. PDF Transformer's brief is identical: to take a PDF document, extract its contents and save them in an editable form, preserving the layout and formatting of the original as closely as po...

Battening down the hatches

With Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP may be more secure than ever, but there are still one or two things you can do to tighten things up a bit.

Network protection: Active VirusScan Suite SBE

Small businesses are often vulne­r­able to viruses and other security problems. Despite this, they seem to be the very organisations that care the least - until catastrophe strikes and the business is brought to its knees by a virus or a worm.

FileMaker Pro 7.0 Preview

FileMaker Pro 7.0 is aimed at the small business and mid-range corporate markets as well as single users or small workgroups. It provides all the features you’d require from a relational database package including a database engine, ad hoc interactiv...

Internet anonymiser: Steganos Anonym Pro 6.0

Anonym makes your online identity hard to determine by using an array of public proxy servers around the world to route your HTTP data to your PC — anyone ‘watching’ will see the IP address of the proxy server, not yours. Its unique selling point is ...

Wireless Super-G router: WGT624

As Wi-Fi hardware rapidly becomes standardised and prices head floorwards, Wi-Fi vendors are always on the lookout for functions that will differentiate their kit from the common herd. Offering higher bandwidth is definitely one way of grabbing custo...

Wireless network PC Card

The Sony Ericsson GC79 PC Card gives mobile notebook users the best of both worlds — fast Internet access when in a Wi-Fi hotspot and not-quite-so-fast Web access when elsewhere. The GC79 also supports a new authentication standard, EAP-SIM, that (in...

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